Processing Operator I - 1st Shift
Sparks - Nevada (NV),
Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW Foods has grown from a small, family operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the industry. The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.
NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance. NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more! Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in Chicago FOURTEEN years in a row, and on the National Level EIGHT years in a row!
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Working the 1st Shift, the Processing Operator I mixes/blends raw materials in accordance with specified formulas, to be used by various work stations later. Processes raw materials to meet specifications by use of various equipment. Performs the sanitation and change over of equipment as needed by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Prepares work area at beginning of shift and cleans up work area at end of shift for next Processing (Blender) Operator. Cleans area at end of production run to ensure area is ready for next job. Observes standards of personal and workplace cleanliness. Cleans or sanitizes all food contact surfaces between changes of product.
- Performs operator scheduled maintenance checklist.
- Arranges boxes and other supporting supplies in a neat and orderly manner.
- Examines product for identity and any impurities. Weighs out ingredients as listed using scales with printers and mixes ingredients, using appropriate mixing method, carefully and thoroughly.
- Determines how raw materials need to be processed to meet desired specification via use of blenders, mixers, hot box, fitzmill, metal detector, sifter, roller compactor, rotary press, oscillating granulator, tote tumbler, lift truck, hand jack and other equipment.
- Records all item and lot number information on production ticket. Documents and updates mix tickets and log book, ensuring that all information is written legibly. Enters all information into computer system for tracking and accountability purposes, ensuring that all information is correct.
- Lifts and places raw materials into appropriate tote equipment or mixers via automatic or manual lifting.
- Properly labels bulk containers, mixes etc.
- Submits daily report of duties performed and production quantities produced.
- Keeps Quality Control and Research & Development departments informed, to ensure correct amounts of raw materials are used and to recommend improvements to existing products.
- Learns and applies all policies and procedures for the position, including safety rules, good manufacturing practices, work rules, weight error charts, and sanitization practices. Operates all equipment in accordance with established safety policies.
- Complies with safety and GMP requirements.
SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
- Supports a culture of safe production and operations;
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and six months of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably food or pharmaceuticals helpful.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write daily reports.
- Ability to communicate with co-workers regarding the continuation of mixes in progress, and to instruct Processing Helper to effectively assist in blending process.
- Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees during department meetings.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
- Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent.
- Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Previous machine operation experience and basic mechanical aptitude required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and/or walk; ascend and/or descend stairs; use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The employee must regularly manually lift, move (in some cases drag) slide, raise and/or place:
- Up to 30 lb. force for up to 25 feet and then pull to original position.
- Up to 33 lbs. from 32 inch shelf onto 48 inch shelf, then return to original position.
- Up to 50 lbs. for 3 feet at waist level; lift bag/box onto side and return to original position.
- Up to 60 lbs. from 31 inch shelf and 2-hand carry for up to 5 feet; return 60 lbs. to 31 inch surface.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to herbal aromas and airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.